Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor

This is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been on my TBR for a while and I was happy to finally see what everyone has been talking about.

Lani Taylor has written a very intriguing book. I loved the way she intertwined the real world and the Elsewhere. It would be great if I could enter a building in one country and exit it another. A time and money saver for sure.

Karou was a very interesting character and I cant wait to see what she does in the next book. Karou is an art student who draws incredible pieces of art. Not only of Brimstone and Issa for her friends to see but of humans and her friends for Issa to see.

I must admit I am a sucker for angels (blame Supernatural) so I loved the character of Akiva. You can see how Akiva was definitely raised to believe certain things and loved seeing how these views changed.

The relationships throughout the book. The family relationship that Karou has with Issa and Brimstone, especially the father and daughter one makes you realise how important family is.

I always love a good twist and I loved the one at the end of the book. It makes me want to keep on reading to find out what happens next

Overall I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone and look forward to reading the next book.


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